Greg Ellis is an American drummer and percussionist, known for his work in film and world music, living in Los Angeles. He has performed and recorded with artists from almost every continent, including Zakir Hussain, Airto, KODO, Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, Juno Reactor, Billy Idol, Sonu Nigam, Sussan Deyhim, Hamed Nikpay, Bickram Ghosh, Chiwoniso Maraire, Sugizo and many more.
At the start of his career as a touring and session drummer, Ellis discovered hand percussion after reading Mickey Hart’s “Drumming At The Edge Of Magic.” He began collecting percussion instruments during his travels around the world as a touring musician. The instruments and music from these cultures sensitized Ellis to a different form of melody and composition than his Western classical background offered. Ellis started composing music around rhythm.
He eventually formed the music duo Vas and signed with Narada/Virgin in 1997. Vas went on to release four successful and critically acclaimed albums as well as a solo CD ‘Kala Rupa.’ His percussion work in Vas drew the attention of some of the top film composers and Ellis is now a featured performer on over 100 film scores.
As a passionate advocate for the healing and therapeutic aspects of organic sound and rhythm, Ellis co-created RhythmPharm, a space to receive organic rhythm and sound therapy. Through RhythmPharm, he released the 7-CD box set of ‘Rhythm Tonics,’ which are used by both alternative and mainstream health practitioners worldwide. RhythmPharm is also a platform for Ellis to express his deepening concern of the adverse effects electronic rhythm is having on culture and society as a whole.
Kingdom Come (2001) Fox Searchlight
What’s The Worst That Could Happen? (2001) MGM
City Of Ghosts (2003) MGM
The Matrix: Reloaded (2003) Warner Bros.
The Matrix: Revolutions (2003) Warner Bros.
Dawn Of The Dead (2004) Universal Pictures
The Devil’s Rejects (2005) Lions Gate
The Dukes Of Hazard (2005) Warner Bros.
Slither (2006) Universal Pictures
300 (2007) Warner Bros. Pictures
Iron Man (2008) Paramount
Body Of Lies (2008) De Line Pictures
The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008) 3 Arts Entertainment
The Unborn (2009) Rogue Pictures
Rise Of The Lycans (2009) Lakeshore Entertainment
Watchmen (2009) Warner Bros. Pictures
The Way (2010) Icon Productions
Sucker Punch (2011) Warner Bros. Pictures
Argo (2012) Warner Bros.
Enough Said (2013) Fox Searchlight Pictures
Age Of Extinction (2014) Paramount
Godzilla (2014) Warner Bros.
Money Monster (2016) TriStar
The Winter Olympics
Procter & Gamble
Lee Jeans Co.